Metals Processing Inc. Site

 
Site Contact:
Andrew Maguire
On-Scene Coordinator

maguire.andrew@epa.gov

Site Location:
3257 North 32nd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53216
response.epa.gov/MetalsProcessingIncSite

In February 2021, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completed a six week time-critical removal at Metals Processing Inc., a former metal processing facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Work included dismantling former process line structures and collecting, packaging and disposing of abandoned hazardous materials and wastes. The hazardous materials included corrosive and flammable materials as well as materials containing lead, chromium and cyanide. A total of 102 cubic yards of solid and 1,670 gallons of liquid hazardous materials were secured and shipped to an approved off-site disposal facility.

 In 2020, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent a request for removal assistance with the site. WDNR indicated that they did not believe that the current property owner had ability to pay for a cleanup and that the previous tenant was bankrupt. EPA conducted an investigation at the site that identified toxic (chromium, lead, and cyanide), flammable and corrosive materials. These materials were left haphazardly in open pits and containers with signs of spillage. The EPA determined that conditions at the site posed a threat to public health or welfare, and the environment.

Metal Processing Inc., located at 3257 North 32nd Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operated from 2008 to 2016, conducted metal processing services, including casting cleaning, chemical stripping, and media blasting. WDNR first became aware of the current building conditions building when they were contacted by the current owner’s son. The son informed the WDNR that the previous tenants of the building left the building in a state of disrepair and abandoned waste at the site. The building owner and his sons had gotten a quote for disposal of the waste and it exceeded their resources to conduct the cleanup.